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Is this sequence in “Star Trek” (2009) a reference to a Hoth sequence from “The Empire Strikes Back”?

In the Kelvenverse timeline, which begins in Star Trek (2009), there is a sequence where alter-Spock attempts to rid himself and the Enterprise crew of alter-James T. Kirk, after getting off to a ...
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Is Satine's Pink Diamond Dress inspired by Glinda's Dress from The Wizard of Oz?

In Baz Luhrmann's 2001 tragic romantic musical extravaganza, Moulin Rouge, there is one number in particular when Satine (Nichole Kidman) performs and she is wearing a very light pink with silver ...
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Is there a reference to a particular porn movie opening night?

In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, when Sharon Tate and her friends are arriving at El Coyote towards the end of the movie, there is a crowd noise coming from a pornographic theater and Sharon Tate ...
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What's the significance of the book Bonnie is reading?

I'm currently rewatching the second season of HBO's Big Little Lies. In episode 2.04 titled, Kill Me, Bonnie is reading a book while staying with her mother, whose in the hospital after she had a ...
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Was the Altair 8800 computer named after the Planet in the movie Forbidden Planet?

I watched the movie Forbidden Planet and it’s an incredible movie, ever year that I watch it, it seems to have more relevance as it is so far ahead of it’s time, and every year we movie closer to the ...
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What is the parallel of Day of the Dead with Stranger things?

Stranger Things has a habit of foreshadowing the future in the form of games. In season one it was Dungeons & Dragons and in season 2 it was Dragon's Lair, but in the first episode of season 3 ...
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Who is Scoutmaster Kevin?

During this scene in Deadpool 2, after Wade wipes his face, he asks, 'Scoutmaster Kevin?'. Is he referring to a real-life person? A character in another movie ...
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Is Mayor in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs inspired by this character?

Is Mayor of Amity from Jaws an inspiration for the mayor in Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs? I googled for it but didn't find direct evidence. EDIT: I also noticed some interesting similarities ...
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Why is Harold and Maude mentioned in There's Something About Mary?

I was rewatching There's Something about Mary recently and in the movie they specifically mention Harold and Maude. I've never seen it but I've heard that movie is kind of weird. It is about a boy ...
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Snap victim memorial reference in Avengers: Endgame

In Avengers: Endgame when Ant-man visits memorial stones, he went through lots of names to go through. But as per the nature of Marvel films, it seems like these names can't be all random. Is any of ...
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Musical references in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

I was recently introduced to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and noticed several musical references that seemed out of place for the setting of the first "part" Phantom Blood. One of the supporting ...
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What is the explanation for the laughing ostrich meme in Family Guy?

In Family Guy, there is a recurrent meme of an ostrich who sarcastically laughs "ha hahhhh": Is there an explanation or back story for this meme?
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Indonesian culture and Shadowhunters / The Mortal Instruments series?

I've first remembered Maia giving Simon a free shot on Hunter's Moon, saying 'Gratis' which means 'free' in Indonesian. Magnus Bane is mix white-Indonesian. A Keris, Indonesian artistic weapon, the ...
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Is this phrase uttered by Roland Blum a reference to Braindead?

During the first few episodes of the TV series The Good Fight's third season, viewers are introduced to a scrupulous diabolical character named Roland Blum (Micheal Sheen) and whose entry point in the ...
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Why does Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse have the Comics Code Authority logo at the start?

At the start of Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse the logo for the Comics Code Authority is shown. Reading their wiki page, it seems like they have been defunct for a decade. So why is it shown now? ...
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Meth dealer reference in Family Guy

In the 'Peter Buys a Farm' episode of Family Guy there is a joke in which Stewie goes to a pharmacy to buy cold medicine and there is a poster on the wall entitled "Known meth dealers" which has ...
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What criteria does the Academy uses to give a statuette in the Scientific awards and why it was decided to have a separate ceremony for them?

I always wanted to ask this question since the information that I could find didn't really cleared my doubts in the subject. This arises from the fact that my favorite awards aren't telecasted and the ...
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What is the reason behind this musical reference to Pinocchio in the Close Encounters main theme?

Something that has always struck me when watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind, was this apparent reference in John Williams' main theme (starting at 4:28) to Leigh Harline and Ned Washington's ...
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Did author David Mitchell have any influence on The Wachowski's TV series Sense 8?

Netflix's [now canceled] TV series Sense 8 hails from film creator siblings known as The Wachowskis and follows a group of 8 characters across the globe whom become psychically linked, as they learn ...
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Is the White Worm character from Solo, a reference to Bram Stoker's Lair of the White Worm?

At the beginning of Solo: A Star Wars Story, we are introduced to a younger Han Solo and his girlfriend Qi'ra who are under the thumb of some criminal organization led by an alien that is literally a ...
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What's the meaning of the sentence on Ariel's shirt?

In Ralph Breaks The Internet, in one scene, Ariel wears the t-shirt pictured below. It says: Gizmos & Whooz-Its & Whats-Its & Snarfblats & Dinglehoppers Being not native ...
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Is Westworld intentionally referencing Hannibal Lecter?

A remake of the film of the same name, HBO TV series Westworld features iconic actor Sir Anthony Hopkins in a leading role, (as per the first season), a character named Dr. Robert Ford, who was the co-...
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Are either Perfume or Hannibal Lecter Franchise inspired by each others' source materials?

I just recently watched the German TV series, Perfume released and distributed internationally through Netflix. The series is inspired by the 1985 historical fantasy novel, Perfume: The Story of a ...
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Meg sits in dark obsessing, reference? [duplicate]

In the Annie Award-winning Family Guy episode "Barely Legal", at one point Meg sits in the dark obsessing about Brian turning the light on and off. Is this a reference to something?
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Is there a reference for Lois Lane's hammer?

In the Arrowverse crossover "Elseworlds" we see Lois Lane wielding a large hammer during the fight with the evil Superman/Deegan. The hammer is first seen at the entrance to the Fortress of Solitude ...
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What is the inspiration for Ducky Momo?

After going through the question about Mr.Slushy Burger and “Hey Ferb” song? from Phineas and Ferb I realized the show is full of so many out of universe references. And one of the major recurring ...
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Is there a common outdoor cinema event/phenomena referenced in John Wick 2 and Jessica Jones season?

John Wick 2 opens in the streets of New York, showing an old movie projected onto a wall. In Jessica Jones Season 2 episodes 1 and 7 set in New York, Jessica and Trish watch an old movie being ...
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Are the mermaids from The Little Mermaid intentionally modeled after/inspired by the mermaids in Peter Pan?

In Walt Disney's 1953 animated adaptation of Peter Pan viewers are introduced to some young mermaids all being found of Peter, but a bit jealous of Wendy. In 1989 Disney also adapted Hans Christensen'...
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Does this pin Claudia wears have any significance?

After rewatching the TV series, The Americans, I started to notice that in later seasons, such as seasons 5 & 6 the recurring character Claudia (Margo Martindale), who serves as the Jenkins on ...
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Lost in Space (1965) “Feet, do your stuff” reference

In the Lost in Space (1965) second season episode "Curse of Cousin Smith", there is a scene in which the robot exclaims "feet, do your stuff" before making a hasty retreat. The robot is obviously ...
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Did Goosebumps 2 have a reference to the Halloween 2018 movie?

I went to see the Goosebumps 2 movie yesterday and I could swear I saw brief shots of two actors featured in the Halloween movie also playing in theaters, which I saw the previous weekend. During a ...
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Watching Stewie sleep and rubbing knife against face reference?

In the Family Guy episode about Stewie's play, there is a scene in which Brian sneaks into his room to steal the manuscript of the play and destroy it out of jealousy, and there is a strange man in ...
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Was the glowing of Sorrento's avatar's eyes a reference to Superman's heat vision?

Why were Sorrento's avatar's eyes glowing yellow when he first sees Irock then turn blue after he sighs in Ready Player One? Was this a reference to Superman's heat vision? I don't get it. Does his ...
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Brexit reference in Hao jile / Have A Nice Day

I just finished watching Hao jile / Have A Nice Day. According to Mubi, The Guardian, Variety and others, it contains many references: there are visual and verbal references to everything from “...
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Is the Sausage Party's ending a tribute to Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain?

At the end of Sausage Party the "guru" character of the movie reveals to the main characters that everything that is happened during the movie is fiction (and that they are stereotypically created in ...
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Identifying inspiration among Black Mirror episode and Sword Art Online

I just watched 'Black Mirror' episode 4 of season 3 (11 episode of whole) titled 'San Junipero' Lots of concepts were similar to the last quarter of 'Sword Art Online' anime 'Mother Rosario' Using ...
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Is there mention of any of the modern gods in “Stargate SG-1”?

Apart from maybe the impregnation of Vala, that is a slight hint towards Jesus, is there any mention in Stargate SG-1 of the modern gods that are known to mankind today, such as the deities behind ...
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Is the metronome device in The Sinner Season 2 related to the song in Season 1?

In season one of the tv series, The Sinner the main character Cora becomes violent upon hearing an obscure familiar song that unknowingly relates a past traumatic event that she has blocked out. The ...
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What is the phrase “Paramedics, come on down!” in Family Guy referencing

In the season 9 episode, New Kidney in Town, Peter becomes addicted to RedBull and is shown to appear on the show The Price is Right, where he spins the wheel so fast that it comes loose and runs over ...
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What is the painting in the end credits of 'La Piovra' season 4?

..you know, two screaming girls and burning car, obviously some modern art, but who's the author, is there any story to it?.. May be seen, e.g., here:
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Is Pippin the dog a reference to the original Jaws film?

In The Meg, there is a scene where a dog named Pippin is swimming in the waters near where a shark is swimming. There was a scene in the original Jaws that included a dog named Pippet. Although you ...
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Cliff hanging scene in Mission Impossible: Fallout

Towards the end of Mission Impossible: Fallout, we see Ethan hunt yet again hanging from a cliff to fight off August Walker. Was it just a typical "Impossible" action sequence or was it a deliberate ...
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The Al Pacino Marlon Brando Pigeon Joke

So I somehow ended up watching a youtube video called Jack and Jill - Nostalgia Critic, and at 14m15s (clip), a joke in the movie is given the spotlight. Pacino: I used to raise pigeons. "Jill"...
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Which mask is Wade/Deadpool wearing in this scene?

At the end of the movie, when Wade is showing his new face to Vanessa, Deadpool is wearing a second mask: Who is this supposed to be?
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What does it mean to be a show's “screech”?

The Drop the Mic battle between Kunal Nayyar and Mayim Bialik has the following line from Mayim Bialik: You're basically our show's Screech. The battle between Ashton Kutcher and Sean Combs has a ...
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Whose boat got hit by the missile?

In the French movie Taxi 2 (2000) As common in the franchise, this is most likely a reference to something. Whose boat is it? Or what is the reference about? As a reminder: Here's the scene.
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Is this character from Isle of Dogs an homage to Ran, or just a coincidence?

In the first scene of the movie Isle of Dogs (2018) by Wes Anderson, there is a character that looks exactly like Lord Hidetora Ichimonji from the movie Ran (1985) by Akira Kurosawa. Here are the two ...
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Is this scene in Luke Cage a Godfather homage/reference?

There is a brief shot in the final episode of Luke Cage Season 2 where Luke has taken over Harlem's Paradise and Misty Knight looks back at him. It immediately struck me that this shot was remarkably ...
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What's the meaning behind this joke in George Carlin's 1977 HBO special?

In his 1977 HBO stand-up special George Carlin at USC, George Carlin tells the following joke about cats kneading: And they jump on your chest, they put their ass in your face and go... [...
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Were the references to substandard food in Spider-Man: Homecoming a dig at the previous Spider-Man duology?

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, there are two references in the film to substandard food, Aunt May's "turkey meatloaf" and Flash, discussing a branzino whose freshness was questionable. Considering that ...